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Stag (Shirt) Weekend

I wanted to start off  with a very big thank you in regards to how many people read my last post and the overwhelmingly positive response that I received afterwards! It definitely cheered me up and got me into the festive spirit.

I know I very strongly hinted on Instagram that I would write about all of the sewing things that I got for Christmas, but I went a bit wild in John Lewis sale spending (almost all of) my Christmas money on new sewing things, so I’ll wait until they’ve arrived to do that one.

Instead, this will be about the shirt I sewed using the Vogue Mens V8759 pattern for my dad as his present. Like I said in my post about Christmas sewing, I was looking at the pattern and having more than a small panic about making a shirt for someone else.  I knew that I wanted it to be neat and the best shirt I’d made yet, but I’d never done cuffs before – we’ll get to that later.

I chose view C (there’s a picture of the line drawing to the right) and stag fabric from Fabrics Galore – dad and I share a love of stags (I think they’re actually meant to be reindeer because it was in the ‘Christmas Fabrics’ section, but we can overlook that – keep going with the idea that they’re stags. I was originally going to do the whole shirt in that fabric, but the grainlines on some of the pattern pieces would have mean that the cuffs and yoke would have had the deer laying on their backs, and in my opinion I think that would’ve ruined the aesthetic a bit. To fix this, I used some white fabric (which was, in actual fact, a duvet cover) and used that for the yoke and cuffs, and then decided to go crazy and make a white collar too.  Even though this was an unplanned aspect of the shirt, I definitely think this way looks better than the whole shirt being in the same fabric, and the yoke is Dad’s favourite bit, so that all turned out okay.

I kept saying to everyone as I was making it that the inside was neater than the outside; I was very excited about my first ever French seams and I think I’m going to use them on every garment I make for at least two or three months. Clearly, I thought this was so ingenious that I put everyone on Instagram through watching about six stories containing an image just like this one:

I took lots of photos of the rest of the shirt, so I’ll let you get on and have a look – I know I need to practice my edgestitching, but please comment if you have any other ideas on how I can improve my sewing or what you think! (Please keep in mind that all of the photos here are before the shirt was properly finished!)

 

 

Thankfully, Dad was really pleased with the shirt, even though there were some fit issues – I had to guess his measurements because I wanted to keep it a surprise! Here are a couple of polaroids of us and the shirt on Christmas Day: